Frank Thorley, MM



Jan 16, 1896

Born at Manchester England


Oct 23, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59980 (temporary number 235)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mark Thorley (father) of 16 Hatton St, Longsight, Manchester England

Ø       Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “A” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Apr 8, 1916

During a counter attack at the craters at St Eloi, he received shrapnel wounds to thigh, arm, chest and buttocks and admitted to the CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) at Dickiebusch after which he was transferred to the CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) at Bailleul.


Apr 9, 1916

Transferred to No 4 General Hospital at Camiers


Apr 12, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Andrew, embarking at Boulogne


Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Corps Assembly Centre) while in hospital 

Admitted to the Duchess of Connaught Canadian Red Cross Hospital at Taplow Bucks


May 14, 1916

Transferred to Hillingdon Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Uxbridge


Jun 10, 1916

Transferred to Moore Barracks Hospital at Shorncliffe


Jun 24, 1916

Transferred to the Military Hospital at Shorncliffe


Oct 13, 1916

Discharged from hospital


Oct 23, 1916

On Command to 1st CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at Shoreham 

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Dec 19, 1916

Posted to 1st CCTB (Canadian Composite Training Battalion) at Shoreham


Jan 24, 1917

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at East Sandling


Mar 6, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion 

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS 21st Battalion


Apr 2, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Apr 16, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field


May 11, 1917

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/C O’Reilly 469685, who was promoted


May 13, 1917

Admitted to No 8 Stationary Hospital at Wimereux with a slight case of Influenza


May 15, 1917

Transferred to No 1 Convalescent Depot at Boulogne


May 19, 1917

Appointed Acting Lance Corporal without pay


May 21, 1917

Discharged from hospital and transferred to the #3 Large Rest Camp at Boulogne


May 24, 1917

Arrived at CBD at Havre and posted to “A” Company for recuperating soldiers doing physical therapy


Jun 7, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Jun 12, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field and returned to “A” Company


Sep 3, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Sep 15, 1917

At duty from leave


Nov 2, 1917

The Battalion was involved in heavy fighting at Crest Farm and for his actions on that night, it was recommended that he receive the Military Medal


Dec 5, 1917

2nd Canadian Division Routine Orders announce the award of the Military Medal to A/L/Cpl Thorley and 9 others of the 21st Battalion


Jan 12, 1918

On the parade square at Westrehem, he was presented with his Military Medal by Lieut General Sir Arthur W Currie, KCB, KCMG


Feb 23, 1918          Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #30340




May 22, 1918

Admitted to No 6 CFA and then transferred same day to No 5 CFA diagnosed with Impetigo


May 23, 1918

Transferred to No 6 Stationary Hospital


May 25, 1918

Transferred to No 6 General Hospital


May 27, 1918

Transferred to No 2 Convalescent Depot at Rouen


Jun 21, 1918

Transferred to No 6 General Hospital and diagnosis changed to add Influenza


Jun 30, 1918

Invalided to England sick aboard the Hospital Ship Grantully Castle


Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Jul 2, 1918

Admitted to Reading Western Hospital at Reading with a diagnosis of ICT (Inter Connective Tissue) infection in legs which was caused by an infected blister caused by his boots, in addition to a slight case of Influenza


Aug 12, 1918

Surgery performed to remove his left great toe nail and a growth from beneath it


Aug 14, 1918

Transferred to the Princess Patricia Canadian Red Cross Hospital at Bexhill


Aug 17, 1918

Transferred to No 14 Canadian General Hospital at Eastbourne


Sep 19, 1918

Transferred to the Princess Patricia Canadian Red Cross Hospital at Bexhill


Dec 20, 1918

Discharged from hospital


Dec 30, 1918

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion


Dec 31, 1918

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave) at 21:30 hours


Jan 6, 1919

Reported for duty from being AWL at 17:00 hours


Jan 7, 1919

Admonished for being AWL and forfeits 7 days pay


Feb 1, 1919

Appointed to rank of Acting Cpl with pay


Feb 8, 1919

Posted to MD Wing No 3 at Kinmel Park pending return to Canada

Feb 11, 1919

Transferred to MD Wing No 2 at Kinmel Park


Feb 13, 1919

Transferred to HQs, Details Company, Camp 8, at Kinmel Park


Mar 25, 1919

TOS CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) and attached to the Canadian War Graves Detachment for duty


Jul 2, 1919

Transferred to MD Wing No 5 at Kinmel Park


Jul 5, 1919

Embarked the RMS Carmania at Liverpool



Jul 12, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston Ontario


Jul 15, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 213686

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – Copenhagen New York, USA

Ø      Rank on discharge L/Cpl 

Following his discharge, he proceeded to Copenhagen New York, entering into the United States at Ogdensburg New York.  On entry to the USA he gave his trade as Paper Maker


Oct 20, 1919

1914-15 Star sent to him


Sep 20, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to him at 16 Halton St, Longsight, Manchester England 

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